80

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
Todd Robinson constructs a riveting thriller.
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70

The New Yorker

By David Denby
The story of Fernandez and Beck may be grotesque comedy, but Todd Robinson tells it straight, without flinching from its piteousness, horror, or banality.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
As fictional characters in a movie that is fetishistic in its attention to period detail, Mr. Leto and Ms. Hayek work well together as an unsavory couple two rungs down the social ladder from Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in "Double Indemnity."
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70

Los Angeles Times

While not much of a detective story, Robinson's period film does provide a captivating look at the dynamics that turn Fernandez and Beck into serial killers.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lonely Hearts never locates the key to the killers' bloody bond.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
While Travolta and Gandolfini have the beefy, closed-off look of post-WWII era cops, they never FEEL: They look like actors playing dress up. Leto overcomes his delicate good looks to embody Fernandez's feral, faintly exotic charm, but Hayek is a standard-issue femme fatale, damaged on the inside but flawless on the surface.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The intensity of Leto and Hayek goes deeper than the script into revealing what makes these two sociopaths in heat impervious to bloody murder. When Hayek and Leto are onscreen, you do not look away.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
While the duo's crimes were indeed sensational, writer-director Todd Robinson's starry take on the material fails to provide much in the way of a new perspective.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Good as she is, the effortlessly magnetic Hayek just can't sell the role of a pathetic soul whose deep insecurities turn her into a sociopath. And if she has too much charisma, Leto, as the smooth Lothario, simply doesn't have enough.
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Too much of the film is given over to the soap opera of Elmer's life.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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